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Lions Vs. Rams Reaction: Matthew Stafford Played Well When It Mattered

For most of the afternoon, it looked as though the Detroit Lions were going to drop a very disappointing season opener against the St. Louis Rams. But thanks to a last second touchdown from Matthew Stafford to Kevin Smith, the Lions escaped with a victory and now stand at a perfect 1-0.

SB Nation's Detroit Lions blog, Pride Of Detroit, reacted with a "a win is a win" attitude, but admitting that the team must play better moving forward.

There's no doubt that the Lions have to play better going forward, especially next week in primetime against the San Francisco 49ers. However, the important thing about Sunday's game is that the Lions did manage to win despite playing very sloppy. Stafford was off his game for most of the day, but when it mattered most, he locked in and led the Lions down the field for the game-winning touchdown.

The Lions, especially Stafford, were very sloppy. Detroit gave the ball away three times on three interceptions including an one returned for a touchdown by the Rams' Cortland Finnegan. Detroit will now face a team who did not win ugly--the San Francisco 49ers, who defensively dominated the Green Bay Packers.

Head over to Pride of Detroit for more Lions coverage and Week 1 reaction, and be sure to check out SB Nation's NFL hub for more news and analysis from around the league.